Baking in the Casa Classroom & Montessori Gift Guides for the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching and everyone is gearing up for a busy time ahead. It’s a wonderful time to get together with loved ones and show appreciation to all. Here are a few links to some Montessori-inspired gift guides that may come in handy around the holidays and throughout the year. These Montessori-inspired gifts feature developmentally appropriate, natural (where possible), open ended toys and materials.

The Montessori Notebook’s “A Montessori Gift Guide” includes non-Montessori toys, art gifts, newborn, toddler and preschool gift ideas. Click here to view the list.

The Kavanaugh Report’s “The Ultimate Montessori Toy List” (updated for 2017) is a comprehensive list with ideas for toy and non-toy gifts for children from birth to 5.  


Baking in the Montessori Classroom


Of course, the holidays aren’t just about gift giving but also about the quality time spent with loved ones and friends. One of the best things to do with the children, especially around this time, is baking! Children often love to help and be involved with any part of the process.

Based on the child’s stage of development, he or she can help pour ingredients, measure, mix, slice or take charge of the entire process.

For the older children, often a simplified recipe along with child sized tools and clearly labeled ingredients are all that is necessary to complete the task.

Photographed below is a recipe we follow in the Casa classroom that uses a mixture of pictures and words in easy to follow steps.

Below is the same recipe written out: 

The recipe has been adapted from Five Heart at Home’s “Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Spiced Applesauce Muffins or Applesauce Cake.”


Regardless of how you may choose to celebrate the holidays, we hope you enjoy those special moments with all your loved ones! We’ll see you all in 2018!

Marie Hui is the Vice Principal of Odyssey Montessori School. She began her tenure with Odyssey as the student teacher in Casa 1. Marie then went on to lead Casa 2 as the Directress for several years. With a love of children and a passion for Montessori, Marie strives to connect parents to the Montessori philosophy - hoping to bridge some gaps between home and school.

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